TWO OF the Peach State’s finest guitarists are heading home. For their Back To Georgia Tour, Tinsley Ellis and Tommy Talton will show off their blues-fueled Southern rock guitar chops and great songwriting.
The hard-giggin’ Ellis clocks in about 150 live shows a year; you’d think it might tucker him out, but the man lights up the guitar like, as Billboard put it, “a man possessed.”
Smooth blues, blistering riffs, raw and emotion-fueled vocals, wild organ trills, and fiery attack make 2014’s Midnight Blue a terrific listen; you’ll be reminded of both Stevie Ray Vaughn and blues greats like B.B. King.
Tommy Talton picked up guitar as a child and honed his skills as a session player in Macon, working with artists like Gregg Allman, Bonnie Bramlett, Kitty Wells and more. Notably, he performed on Allman’s influential 1973 solo record Laid Back and toured extensively with Allman, hitting world-famous venues like Carnegie Hall and Fillmore West as a special guest.
But incredible guitar skills aren’t all he’s got; Talton’s a hell of a songwriter. After moving far from home to perform with European band The Rebelizers, he came back to the U.S. and formed The Tommy Talton Band in 2006. Championing faith, love, and good vibes (with some humor thrown in there), 2012’s Let’s Get Out Of Here is the audible result of the influence of working in a multitude of genres and a life spent on the road.